Our third-grade entrepreneurs have been hard at work the last few weeks crafting products to sell at the culminating event for their current unit of inquiry.
The students collaborated and worked as a real business, making handmade products to sell at the annual Third-grade Marketplace benefiting a local non-profit.
As part of the Primary Years Programme Finance unit, the project focuses on function, responsibility and causation while learning to know their products and the market.
"Third Grade Marketplace is a great way for students to work in small groups and create a product they are proud to sell," said third-grade teacher Cameron Hadskey. "They each take a roll in their group and get the feel of how a business is run."
In preparation for the upcoming event, the third-graders assembled into groups based on what they wanted to make and sell. Each group came up with a name for their products, what their job is going to be during the event and how they will set the Marketplace up for guests to shop.
After brainstorming different items to sell, the students settled on a diverse collection of products ranging from coasters, pencil-holders, calming sensory bottles, suncatchers, wooden airplanes, mask chains, tye-dye face masks, glass magnets and mini tic-tac-toe bags.
"This year, the third-graders will set up the products on a table in the hallway, and the student-shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase products through the teachers," said Ms.Hadskey. "Classes will have the opportunity to shop at the Marketplace next Tuesday-Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and each day during recess to maintain social distancing. If we run out of products, our goal is to take orders."
For this year's non-profit, the students wanted to help serve animals in need and have chosen to donate their proceeds to Woof River Animal Rescue once the Marketplace concludes.
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